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At Theaters: 5/6/2005 On Video: 10/25/2005
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449952
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Some friends take a trip to a college football game but when they decide to camp out before heading for the game they find themselves stranded. They accept a ride into Ambrose, a town nearby and discover Trudy's House of Wax. They soon discover a shocking secret and must find a way out of town.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Horror - It's your typical horror movie with lots of blood and gore.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Elisha Cuthbert THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Chad Michael Murray A CINDERELLA STORY
Brian Van Holt MAN OF THE HOUSE, WHIPPED
Paris Hilton RAISING HELEN, ZOOLANDER, THE CAT IN THE HAT
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Feature Film Debut
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Production Notes Heading
Visit Trudy's House of Wax
About The Production
The 411 on the Wax
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 4 F-words, 1 GD, 6 S-words, quite a few mild words.
SEX/NUDITY: Implied oral sex and a sexy dance. No nudity or sex.
VIOLENCE: As expected, LOTS of gory, bloody killing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Teens drink and smoke a few times. Nothing excessive.
ACTION: Quite a few suspenseful foot chase scenes.
COMEDY: Just a few chuckles and smiles.
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Below Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average For those who enjoy horror movies simply to see people departing this life in original, bloody ways, "House of Wax" is perfect entertainment. This is no watered-down ghost story thrown into theaters for teenage consumption. The problem is that the writing is too weak for me to come close to recommending it. It's just like all those "Friday the 13th" sequels and knock-offs: more gore than logic.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average "House of Wax" is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending "House of Wax" could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much. Where the movie excels is in its special effects and set design.

USA Today Full Review
Poor Director Jaume Collet-Serra stages the climactic meltdown with flair, but after five minutes, it's obvious the movie is on the scrapheap of history. When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, "Follow the smell." Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 50 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
13
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
Low
67%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
6
Fairly Low
83%
30+Adults (F)
7
About 50/50
71%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 50 moviegoer opinions. Unfortunately, we weren't able to collect very many opinions, but I don't think more opinions would help. Teen males seemed to be the only ones who really enjoyed "House of Wax." Only around half of teen females enjoyed it, but most of the remaining half rated it as an OK/average movie. Most of the adults and twentysomethings, both male and female, rated it as an OK/average movie with quite a few rating it as "Fair." This isn't good and for this reason "House of Wax" is NOT A MOVIE I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE EXCEPT TEENS (preferably males).


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A road trip to one of the biggest college football games of the year takes a turn for the worse for Carly (ELISHA CUTHBERT), Paige (PARIS HILTON) and their friends when they decide to camp out for the night before heading to the game. A confrontation with a mysterious trucker at the camp site leaves everyone unsettled, and Carly has her hands full trying to keep the peace between her boyfriend Wade (JARED PADALECKI) and her hot-headed brother Nick (CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY).

They wake up the next morning to find that their car might have been deliberately tampered with. At the risk of being stranded, they accept a local's invitation for a ride into Ambrose, the only town for miles. Once there, they are drawn to Ambrose's main attraction – Trudy's House of Wax, which is filled with remarkably life-like wax sculptures. But as they soon discover, there is a shocking reason the exhibits look so real.

As the friends uncover the town's dark secrets, they are stalked by a mysterious killer and find themselves in a bloody battle for survival. The group must find a way out of Ambrose – or become permanent additions to the HOUSE OF WAX.

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